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Overview

This up-to-date text presents a practical approach for students in understanding the role of the paralegal in the litigation process. Civil Litigation is a comprehensive book that incorporates the use of technology in the law offices of today, and features realistic commentaries and exercises for practical application. This book is a valuable resource for anyone aspiring to a career in the paralegal profession.
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"The text offers straightforward concepts, and the objectives are clearly presented in a way that allows a student to check off an objective as he/she masters it. The case references and discussions (even the technology-based discussions) are presented as real-world circumstances. The research case discussion provided in the text moves from the beginning to the end, which makes the experience more like that with which paralegals will be challenged in the law office or corporate legal office setting."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401848293
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/20/2004
  • Series: The West Legal Studies
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy N. Kerley is a contract litigation paralegal, working with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and a former paralegal instructor at Southeastern Paralegal Institute, in Dallas, Texas. She has more than 45 years of legal experience. Ms. Kerley received her undergraduate degree in political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas, and her paralegal certificate from the University of Oklahoma. She is also the author of another paralegal text, Employment Law for the Paralegal.

Janis Walter, J.D., is a professor of Paralegal Studies at the University of Cincinnati where she coordinates and teaches in the university's ABA-approved paralegal program, a position she has held since 1988. She was recently appointed chair of the American Bar Association's Approval Commission on Paralegals, and previously served as a commissioner and on the Standing Committee for Paralegals. In addition, she has chaired and served as the educational representative on many site teams evaluating paralegal programs. An active member of the American Association for Paralegal Education, Prof. Walter has developed model syllabi and served as editor of the PARALEGAL EDUCATOR. She has presented at many different forums on topics ranging from teaching effectiveness to handling adoptions. She is also the author of THE OHIO COURTS and widely popular CD case studies covering civil litigation, criminal law, and family law. Prof. Walter holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Ohio.

Joanne Banker Hames, J.D., is a retired Paralegal Coordinator and full-time instructor for the paralegal program at DeAnza Community College located in Cupertino, California. She is currently a part-time instructor at the school. She earned her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in January 1972. She has been an active member since that time. For several years Ms. Hames was employed as an attorney in a busy litigation law firm. During that time she was involved in all aspects of civil litigation, including pre-trial preparation, jury trials, and appeals. For the past fourteen years she has been involved primarily in paralegal education, teaching at DeAnza Community College and previously at Santa Clara University Paralegal Institute.

Paul Sukys, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Legal Studies at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at Ashland University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Dr. Sukys received his bachelor's and master's degrees from John Carroll University in Cleveland, his law degree from Cleveland State University, and his doctorate in philosophy from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. He is a member of the Ohio Bar, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, the National Business Education Association, the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, and the Lakeside Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Ch. 1 Litigation and the Paralegal 3
Ch. 2 The Courts and Jurisdiction 25
Ch. 3 Preliminary Considerations 51
Ch. 4 Investigation and Evidence 72
Ch. 5 The Initial Pleadings 96
Ch. 6 Responses to the Initial Pleading 135
Ch. 7 Motion Practice 167
Ch. 8 Overview of the Discovery Process 191
Ch. 9 Depositions 213
Ch. 10 Interrogatories 234
Ch. 11 Physical and Mental Examinations 254
Ch. 12 Request for Documents 269
Ch. 13 Request for Admissions 298
Ch. 14 Settlements, Dismissals, and Alternative Dispute Resolution 317
Ch. 15 Trial Techniques 344
Ch. 16 Posttrial Practice 392
Appendix A Sample Deposition 413
Appendix B Computer Software and Service Vendors 425
Glossary 427
Index 441
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